West Brom and Birmingham meet each other in a fearsome Midlands derby at the Hawthorns right after the international break. This will be caretaker manager James Shan’s first taste of the Midlands derby with the Baggies still in contention for the automatic promotion spots. West Brom are only seven points behind Sheffield United in the table. Meanwhile, their local rivals Birmingham are languishing at the opposite end of the table with only five points separating them from the bottom three. Follow all our predictions, free bets, football bets and betting tips below.
Betting Tips for the game
West Brom’s caretaker manager Shan enjoyed a second consecutive victory after beating Brentford 1-0 at the Griffin Park. This victory came just two days after the 3-0 success over Swansea at the Hawthorns.
Birmingham have more relegation worry on their shoulders after a 1-0 defeat against Preston just before the international break. This turned out to be the fourth consecutive defeat for Birmingham, who have been unable to score a goal in all of these matches.
The reverse fixture witnessed Birmingham getting a 1-1 draw against West Brom, who were chasing promotion, back in September. The visitors dominated the ball but both had the same number of chances in front of goal. West Brom’s last home game against Birmingham was in 2010 when both teams were in the Premier League. The Baggies picked up a 3-1 victory in this match. Our betting tips and predictions expect a win for West Brom.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Prediction and betting tip:”]West Brom win at 1.83[/bet_tip_now]
West Brom are aiming for a fourth win in five derbies against Birmingham, who are in a spot of bother after four successive losses. This happens to be the longest losing streak for Birmingham this season and they would not want to suffer five losses on the trot. Incredibly, West Brom have not picked up more than three successive wins this season, but the recent momentum and home form are in their favour. Our preview would pick a win for West Brom.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Match Prediction:”]West Brom win at 1.83[/bet_tip_now]
West Brom vs Birmingham City draw odds: 3.70
Birmingham City win odds: 4.75
Correct Score odds
West Brom have been able to come up with a decent return of goals while Birmingham have been unable to score in the last four games without exception. However, derbies between the two teams are intensely fought with all of the recent five meetings producing goals at both ends. Our correct score prediction would opt for a 2-0 West Brom win.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Correct Score Prediction:”]West Brom 2-0 win at 8.50[/bet_tip_now]
Over/Under 2.5 Goals odds
The Baggies have kept back-to-back clean sheets and the 4-0 loss against Leeds has been a wake-up call for the team. Birmingham will be making this game as hard as they can for the opposition, and our total goals prediction expects under 2.5 goals in the match.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Goals odds and prediction:”]Total goals under 2.5 at 1.90[/bet_tip_now]
First Goalscorer odds
Jay Rodriguez is the top scorer at West Brom but he has been only able to get one goal in his last six games for the Baggies. Even though Rodriguez has never scored against Birmingham, he remains a better pick than Dwight Gayle, who has three goals in four games against this team. Interestingly, all of the three goals came in one match for the 28-year-old forward. Our first goalscorer prediction would back Jay Rodriguez.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”First goalscorer prediction:”]Jay Rodriguez at 6.00[/bet_tip_now]
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